At Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, we enjoyed a guest preacher this past Sunday, May 13. Dr. Douglas Kelly is the Professor of Theology Emeritus at Reformed Theological Seminary. He preached from Psalm 9, reminding us that praise is a major part of the Christian life. If we don’t feel like praising, then we should start with confessing that it’s hard to praise. We should praise God with our whole heart, which means with our full attention. Listen to the whole sermon here.
Our senior pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, returned to our Matthew sermon series this past Sunday, May 6 picking up again in Matthew 4:23-25. He encouraged us to pursue Kingdom work with steadfastness because our labors are not in vain. Through resurrection power, our work for the Kingdom lasts and matters; therefore, we must work with great hope and great purpose. Listen to the whole sermon here.
What an awesome joint service with our neighbors at St. John’s Reformed Episcopal Church! Our congregations joined this past Sunday, April 29 for our third joint service. Rev. Willie Hill from St. John’s preached from Matthew 9:1-9, and our choirs combined to sing some amazing hymns. Listen to the whole sermon here.
This past Sunday, April 22 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, our senior pastor returned to our Matthew sermon series as we examined Matthew 4:12-22. He challenged us with this question: What makes the life of Jesus beautiful? Matthew so beautifully highlights in his gospel how Jesus fulfills the prophecies of the Old Testament. This passage alone is the fifth fulfillment passage in just four chapters.
Matthew demonstrates the beauty of Jesus by telling his audience four things:
- What Jesus did
- Where Jesus went
- Whom Jesus called
- What they saw
This past Sunday, April 15 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, our own Rev. Mark Hunt preached to us from John 20:10-31. He challenged us with asking: How does Jesus’ resurrection impact us? Then we looked at three characters from this passage, examining how the resurrection impacted their lives:
- Mary Magdalene’s Story – The resurrection made ordinary into extraordinary.
- Disciples’ Encounter – The resurrection turned fear into peace.
- Picture of Thomas – The resurrection turned doubt into trust.
He finished by looking at the Apostle John’s purpose in writing his book: In John 20:31 he says these stories are written so that you can believe. So what does the resurrection mean for you? Listen to the whole sermon here.
On Easter Sunday at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, our senior pastor preached from Matthew 28:1-10, reminding us that the world needs people who have “come alive.” He challenged us with a few questions:
- Are you alive in Christ?
- How alive are you in Christ?
- Are you bringing change and hope to the world?
The resurrection life is a beautiful life, and he outlined four facets of a beautiful resurrection life in Christ:
- God wants us to “get it”–and not miss it. An angel of the Lord explains to the women on that Third Day what they’ll find at the tomb, so they won’t miss it: Jesus is the Son of God, and he’s coming again.
- God is more than we can expect or imagine. We should always expect more. No matter what we imagine or what develops, we’re simply moving God’s plan along.
- Christ gives a new and better normal. He gave women–a lesser part of society in that day–the privilege of hearing, seeing, and sharing about the Resurrection first.
- God does for us what we can’t do for ourselves apart from the Resurrected Life of Christ.
On Palm Sunday last week at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, our senior pastor continued our Matthew sermon series with Matthew 4:1-11. Though our culture values preeminently our own personal perceptions of the world, He reminded us that we Christians should have a cristocentric worldview: Jesus is King whether we acknowledge it or not. He’s just as much a King in the wilderness or desert, as in our passage from Matthew when he was tempted by the Devil. And he’s just as much a King when he’s riding a donkey into Jerusalem, as he did so many years ago on Palm Sunday. Our temptation today is the same as Jesus’ temptation by the Devil: We’re tempted to be satisfied with Satan’s lesser plan. So we must remember that Jesus gives real bread to sustain us; he’s not the king of cheap salvation; and he’s come to give peace and patience. Listen to the whole sermon here.
In continuing his exploration of Matthew 4:1-11 from last Sunday, our senior pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, on Sunday, March 18 reminded us that when we’re doing extraordinary things for God, we will be tempted. In order to be in a good position to do extraordinary things, we must be secure in our identity, work out of our identity, and know who we are in Jesus. If we’re a Christian, then we must also be a disciple of Jesus, living secure in our identity in Christ. Being a disciple is not optional. Listen to the whole sermon here.
We continued our Matthew sermon series this past Sunday, March 11 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, with Matthew 4:1-11. Though this passage about the Devil’s tempting of Jesus may seem out of touch or irrelevant to some, we must be faithful disciples of Christ by asking questions about the Devil. God says that the Devil is real, and his influence in our lives is relevant, so we must ask questions about him: Who is he? What are his tactics? How can he impact our lives? Listen here to the whole sermon.
On Sunday, March 4 we looked at Matthew 3:13-17 again as part of our Matthew sermon series at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC. We examined the baptism of Jesus: Communication was unhindered in that moment because the heavens opened up and God spoke to man, and Jesus’ baptism was an act of connection with us and affirmation of the Trinity. God was conveying through the baptism that he has eternally loved and eternally been pleased with Jesus. We are united with Christ in baptism and in his resurrection. Listen to the whole sermon here.